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Wanted: A Coach Who Can Put Together A Championship Staff

 

Tubs wants to win championships.  We want to win championships.  Hance loves coaches who talk about winning championships.  So let’s take a look how other championship caliber teams have put their staffs together.

I have looked up the teams who have played in the past four BCS championship games (2007-2010) and compiled the number of years of experience each assistant had at the time of the game. 

Here is what I discovered:

Of the 54 coaches analyzed (6 teams with 9 coaches each), there were only seven coaches who had five years or less of D-1 coaching experience and none were coordinators.  Only 12.5% of all the assistant coaches fell in this category.   100% of Tech coaches do. 

There were 12 coaches with NFL coaching experience.  That’s 22% of the assistants analyzed have NFL experience.  Every single school that has played in the championship game (Florida and Ohio State have played twice) has had at least one assistant coach with NFL coaching experience.   Tech has none. 

Many believe that games are won and lost in the trenches.   

Our DL and OLB coaches have a combined 2 years of D-1 experience.  They will be competing against the OL coaches who average 13 years … and if we happened to play ‘Bama add 18 years of NFL experience.   

Let’s look at the other side of the ball.  Our OL coach has four years under his belt.   The average for the DL of the other schools is about 14 years. 

How about our DB’s against their WR’s.  Not only is Tech’s secondary young and inexperienced, our coach leading them only has one year of D-1 experience.   His competitors average nearly 13 years. 

I realize coaches do not play the game. 

So let’s look at the ingredients that players must have to be successful. They basically need three things (we can add and debate others):  speed, awareness, and technique.  Speed is the only thing you can’t teach.   Veteran coaches have the advantage when it comes to the other two … then add the advantage they have with game planning and adjusting.   

Please compare other positions.  You will find about the same results with the exception of the RB coaches. 

 

Tech

LSU

OSU

UF

OU

‘Bama

UT

OC

4

7/6hc

21/3nfl

7

18

10/1nfl

22

DC

4

5/10nfl

17

28

13

6

9/1nfl

OL

4

7

*

6

10

11/18nfl

28

RB

3

6

4

5/1nfl

13

10

5

WR

0 :: 0

7

11

10

13/5nfl

18

17

DL

2 :: 0

12

*

*

11 :: 10

3

9 :: 28

TE

*

7

12

14

*

13/4nfl/2hc

11

DB

1

14

*

*

12

*

28

LB

*

10

7

18

*

4 :: 16/5nfl

*

QB

*

*

28/4nfl

*

4

20

*

S

*

*

6/1nfl

23

*

*

*

CB

*

*

5/1nfl

30

*

*

*

 Source:  The Media Guides from each school. 

Legend:                Numbers represent the number of years coaching at the D-1 level.  Additional NFL assistant coach years or D-1 HC years are to the right.

Two numbers in the same cell, like our WR’s, means that there are two coaches coaching the same general position.                                            

Here’s the kicker for me.  Because these schools have outstanding coaches who get it done, they successfully recruit the same kids that Tech is attempting to recruit.   Tech is pitching vision with unproven assistants while the competition is pitching results with proven ones.  Let’s hope the good guys win this battle.   

Looking forward, here is one of my concerns: even though the Tech coaches are turning heads on the recruiting trail, if we do not have the "know how" (that these opposing coaches have) to get those recruits in the right place on the field at the right time (alignment, adjustments, play calling, etc.) against the best competition, then it won’t matter how fast they run or how many stars they have behind their name.  We will become THAT team that drives their fans crazy: long on talent, short on wins against championship caliber teams.

Tubs surely knows this. 

So why did he hire such an inexperienced D-1 staff?  Could it be money?  Below is a table of the cumulative salaries of the assistant coaches for each one of the schools.  

 

In millions

UT

2.948

LSU

2.725

Bama

2.702

OU

2.464

Florida

1.965

Tech

1.956

OSU

N/A

 

Tech certainly ranks on the lower end, but that should not exclude them from contending.  Look what Florida is paying their coaches now. It’s very comparable what Tech is paying.  Now look at the experience gap between the two schools.   The Florida staff has 141 years of cumulative experience at the D-1 or NFL level.  Tech has 18.  Check this out: the OC for UT is making $426K a year with 22 years of experience.  Our OC is making $350K with 4 years of experience.   Yes, Tech pays their staff very, very well.  

Let’s look at recruiting 

Tubs wants assistants who can recruit.  Seems like these other staffs get the cream of the crop and get results on the field.  So you can have veteran, proven assistant coaches who have the ability to recruit the best while staying within the budget. 

So why would Tubs hire all these inexperienced coaches at the D-1 level while talking about winning championships?  I am not sure, but it would be a great question for the LAJ to ask.

Is it possible that his eye for inexperienced D-1 coaching talent is so keen that he can hire nine "great potential" guys and develop them simultaneously?   And though they lack the experience to compete against these veteran coaches, does he think that they will find a way to outcoach these veterans at the championship level?  After all, that is what Tubs seems to be implying.

Not looking for a national championship, but a Big 12 one?  Well, UT and OU have been in the national championship game two of the four years studied.  So in order to become a Big 12 champion, we must beat two teams in the same year who have national championship caliber coaches and talent. 

This evidence points to the fact that you need great players and great coaches with experience to have championship caliber teams.  Tech is improving in one area, but, as the evidence suggests, failed miserably in another. 

I am afraid that Tubs can sell the goods, but will be unable to deliver.  He hamstrung himself by setting championship expectations and with staff that can’t deliver.   He truly is the Riverboat Gambler.  

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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